How we build
Utilizing a holistic approach, our goal is to maximize the positive impact of buildings on the environment. We strive for cleaner buildings through innovation and integration of the latest in building science, blended with tried and true construction techniques. Our team is passionate about slowing and ultimately reversing our global warming crisis by impacting the greatest number of homes and buildings as possible.
Building science and human health are at the core of Evolve’s approach; our design and construction guidance leads to high-performing, life-enhancing spaces.
Evolve building utilizes an integrative building science based approach to deliver projects that boast unmatched comfort, durability, indoor air quality and energy efficiency. We reduce building energy consumption for heating and cooling by 90%.
Resilient design makes plans for a home that will remain viable during catastrophic events. The combination of photovoltaics, stationary batteries, electric cars and car chargers means that your home will remain powered up if the grid ever goes down. Our use of green walls and rooftop gardens provide both beautiful features and sustainable life enhancing elements. By integrating all of these techniques and technologies into our homes you operate safely within a healthy environment, indefinitely.
HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation)
Heat recovery ventilation promotes healthy indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and prevents uncomfortable cold spots in the home. HRV’s in conjunction with an air-tight building envelope are the baseline which all of evolve’s homes are built on.
Triple Pane Doors / Windows
Triple pane windows have two spacers that separate the panes of glass. The premium spacer is made from a superior quality silicone, resistant to UV light oxidation, and offers great argon gas retention for higher energy efficiency.
Continuous Exterior Insulation
Continuous, exterior insulation is a high-performance solution that substantially increases building energy efficiency, reduces exterior noise and improves interior comfort and air quality. Continuous insulation covers the entire exterior wall surface promoting a sealed building envelope.
Sub Slab Insulation
Slabs when insulated undergo less air convection. At nearly room temperature, the basement walls act as a heat reservoir, buffering interior temperature fluctuations.
Havelock Wool Insulation
The majority of the population now spends up to 90% of their time indoors whether at home, work or elsewhere, it makes the indoor air quality more important to monitor and protect. Indoor air quality, flammability performance, and heat and moisture management are major benefits of using Havelock Wool to insulate our homes.
Fluid Applied Water Proofing
It’s estimated that up to 50% of the energy consumed by homes is wasted through air infiltration and ex filtration. Fluid applied waterproofing systems help insulation perform to its maximum value, and helps reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.
Solar panels are very popular and for good reason, they provide low maintenance, clean renewable energy. When combined with our Tesla Stationary Battery they will even allow for you to achieve energy security and possible independence.
A home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. Automated, compact and beautifully designed, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup.
Traditional balcony construction creates an environment that allows valuable heat to escape while also cooling the area near the balcony inviting cold spots into the home and causing the HVAC system to work harder and use more energy. The most effective way to minimize the heat transmittance is to thermally separate the exterior structure from the interior. With the aim of decreasing thermal losses at the connection, Schöck Isokorb® structural thermal breaks optimize the performance of connection.
Smart Home Technology
Beyond the benefits of convenience and security one of the main goals of Smart Home Integration is energy saving and energy efficiency. Working together with the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) allows for the homeowner to create a network between their smart appliances, thermostats, lighting and other electronic devices.
Exterior shading systems can make a significant contribution to the building’s performance as well as the building aesthetic. There is no question exterior shading systems will become an important element in the design of high-performance buildings moving forward.
Tintable Electrochromic Glass
This is truly the apex of technological home advancements. Energy lost through conventional windows accounts for approximately 30 percent of heating and cooling energy, according to the US Department of Energy. Electrochromic glass is energy-efficient and it removes the need for shading devices that can block your view of the outdoors and are less sustainable.
Triple Pane Skylights
Save energy with superior thermal efficiency and improved noise reduction. Our Skylights are PHI (Passive House International) Certified they have a thermal bridge free frame to optimize the performance construction projects.
AeroBarrier is a fast and effective way to increase efficiency via sealing air leaks in the building envelope. A very interesting application method that has shown promising results.
Grey Water Harvesting
Greywater makes up around 30% to 50% of wastewater discharged into our sewers. Therefore, greywater recycling offers us the chance to cut the water use by up to half. Our system will offer high recovery rates without backwashing, negligible residue and energy efficiency.
Electric Car Chargers
The ability to charge quickly at home is a huge leap forward for EV drivers. Even if you don’t currently own an EV, you probably will soon and having that convenience is the type of luxury item we offer.
Our multi-storied car stacker is modular and easily stores two or three vehicles below ground level. It is quiet, easy to operate and safe to use. Because we understand that everyone uses different transportation modes we are allotting one spot for motorcycles and bikes as well as a spot to be used for storage of sports equipment, strollers and other large items that are inconvenient to keep in the home.
Energy efficient, long lasting, durable, eco-friendly, no UV emissions are just some of the many benefits of using LED lighting. For us it was a clear choice, when building a home of this caliber LED’s are the only option.
Formaldehyde Free Cabinets
We examined the impact on the environment around us, sourcing local products and minimizing our carbon footprint. Because our home is so well sealed it was of the utmost importance to not bring in any toxic chemicals or other inferior products. We have made sure to include only the highest quality cabinets and fixtures in terms of both craftsmanship and materials.
Passive House Through good design, very efficient windows, balanced ventilation, and all insulated and air sealed building enclosure, Evolve residences use 80% to 90% less energy than a traditionally built residence.